Bad boy! Bad boy! Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when he comes for you? Smile! It’s the weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
As my regular readers now, eco-conscious clothing holds a special place in my heart. I designed for and ran a sustainable womenswear line for 15 years, and I know first hand the challenges of creating stylish, high quality apparel that is also considerate to the earth and its inhabitants. So I was seriously excited to be introduced to the brand Woolen Moss when their owner and designer, Kate, booked a sponsor space on Bubby and Bean this month. Woolen Moss is a farm and studio in upstate New York specializing in custom organic clothing that is comfortable, flattering, and truly beautiful. They utilize sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo, but their true specialty is the softest thickest organic merino wool fabric around. And their handmade garments are absolutely perfect for the fall and winter months. With next to the skin softness, you’ll never want to take off their gorgeous pants, leggings, sweaters and dresses. Make sure you pay them a visit at woolenmoss.com to see their full selection of customizable styles and colors. I know you’ll fall instantly in love like I did!
And now for the best part – Woolen Moss is giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win a $ 100 gift card to go shopping on their website! See below for how to enter.
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This giveaway will run through October 23, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. A winner will be randomly chosen shortly after the end of the giveaway and announced here.
Thanks again to Kate at Woolen Moss for giving our readers the chance to win some of her absolutely gorgeous, eco-conscious clothing! (And don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Instagram as well.) Good luck!
We’ve been fostering puppies a fair amount this past year. Not because we wanted to find one to adopt, but because we find Lacey is much more comfortable accepting them and because I find them so much fun. :)
Well we finally decided to adopt one ourselves. Marlin really became attached to these two latest boys and when one of them got adopted we decided to keep the other one. So may I introduce Summit.
When he first arrived he was very skinny and underweight. Within a few weeks we had him all fattened up. We are still struggling to get him to eat enough and not have diarrhea at the same time but fingers crossed it all gets straightened out any day now. :)
He is a pretty confident little dude. So far new people and places don’t phase him and when he does get taken by surprise, he is very quick to recover. I’m determined to have a “bomb” proof dog that is comfortable around new people and new places. I want a dog we can take places – to people’s homes, on group camping trips and hikes, etc. I think he has the temperament to do all this, I just need to not screw it up. So every day we are doing something to expose him to new things.
- Friday – he went off to the family that ended up adopting his brother and spent the afternoon there.
- Saturday – we brought out the cat tunnel (which he instantly loved) and explored the upstairs for the first time. (On Monday he learned how to do the indoor stairs and promptly went exploring up there over and over again.)
- Sunday – we went to the pet store, a drive through and the daycare. He met Chewy and got exposed to studio photography lighting equipment – no fear at all of the flash or the umbrella – even when I put it on the ground or spun it around in the air.
- Monday – we went out to Amanda’s to meet her dogs, and explore her yard. He had a great time with her new pup Siren.
- Tuesday – we spent time in the front yard watching the world go by. We saw cars, a bus and a lady with a dog on the far side of the road. The cars were no problem but the bus made him startle. The dog was hilarious. He just sat and watched in awe. I was feeding him kibble and he absentmindedly would open his mouth to take it but was often forgetting to chew.
- Tomorrow we are going to hang out at the grocery store parking lot and then the recycling depot.
- Thursday if the weather is nice we’ll go to the playground by our house and watch the children.
- Friday we are going to hang out at the front of the house again and try and catch the school kids walking home.
- Saturday we are going to a puppy class.
- Sunday we’ll probably try and find more people to meet or do whatever Amanda suggests at the puppy class. :)
Does Anything Else Matter?
The inaugural DOG FILM FESTIVAL that my Radio Pet Lady Network produced last weekend in New York City was a rousing success. What had been a crazy idea amazed me by taking wing – with the New York Times devoting half a page in the Weekend Arts section to the festival, Time Out magazine picking it as their top feature for the weekend, and Good Day New York on Fox News welcoming me and a few adoptable puppies from our beneficiary, Bideawee.
People and their dogs braved semi-hurricane conditions to crowd into the Festival kick-off Pooch Party on the Friday night and got great enjoyment simply from being surrounded by other dogs and dog-lovers, along with a creative doggy fashion show. The movies I had chosen for the program felt different when seen in a huge theater surrounded by devoted dog lovers: I could feel their joy and tears as they were moved by the films. It reminded me of the various ways that dogs are important in our lives and how deeply moving it is to see the remarkable bond between us depicted in films.
Halo was my presenting sponsor, along with VCA Hospitals, so it was natural for me to include some of the marvelous films Halo has created to tell the story of what matters most to this philanthropic company: shelters and the animals and people who care for them. I picked one of the Halo films made by director Peter Mcevilley – “Le Sauvetage” – which is so witty in having the rescued performing Olate dogs “speak” their thoughts about humans and how much time and effort it requires to look after them. The dogs plot to bring together two lonely humans.
Even though the film has been on YouTube for some time many of the festival-goers seemed not to be familiar with it. It felt great to hear their laughter as they heard the dogs expressing the same doubts and concerns about “adopting a human” as people often do about dogs – and realizing that any qualms we’ve had about adding a particular dog to our lives always seem fairly ridiculous in hindsight.
My favorite comment about the film festival was someone who said she really appreciated the foreign films in the Festival – Iran, Spain, and especially the French one, “Le Sauvetage.” Those of you who have heard my interview with director Peter Mcevilley on my radio show “Dog Talk” know that he is far from French himself and the movie is a tongue-in-cheek homage to French films! The magic of the movies!
Halo and I are planning now taking the Dog Film Festival around the country, so if you live in a city and would like to help us bring the fun to your town, get in touch with me at TheDogFilmFestival@gmail.com.
Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.
She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.
While a local news station was out at a park reporting on the death of a bulldog from heat stroke the day before, they came across another dog who was very close to heat exhaustion, if not stroke. This is despite the warning signs at the park entrance.
Though you’d think people would get it by now, some people really don’t. To make matters worse, the reporter spent time talking to the ranger about the dog’s condition and showing them pouring water on him while neglecting to mention the number one thing they should have been doing: calling a veterinary ER. Once the clinical signs kick in, they can be very difficult to reverse without aggressive care and time is of the essence.
Once you’ve seen a dog die of heat stroke, you get really agro about this stuff. It’s horrible. You have my permission to lecture strangers if they’re doing something dangerous like walking their pug on a desert trail in 100 degree weather with no water. It happens every day. I hereby appoint you all members of the Heat Stroke Patrol. Feel free to share the infographic as you see fit.
Be safe out there.
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Yesterday I set out to try and get pictures of Lacey being sassy. It isn’t as easy as it sounds. I have to be 100% engaged with her or it instantly stops – which means I’m shooting with the camera held down near my knees while I’m flailing a big blue ball around with the other hand. I’m also having to keep Coulee entertained at the same time or she turns into a barking, jealous fiend.
But I occasionally fluked out. I wasn’t quite able to capture her cute little run though.. so I’ll have to try again.
When I say “Cat Lady,” what do you picture?
The old tropes die hard. And while those types of cat ladies are still out there, I’m sure, those of you who have been paying attention are probably realizing there is a new breed of cat lady out there. The Kate Benjamins and the Dorian Wagners and the Taylor Swifts, the crazy (and cool) cat ladies of the world.
Though Jackson Galaxy may arguably be the most likely spokesperson for “Cat People Don’t Look Like What You Thought They Looked Like,” the trend of Cat Lady receding from the line of perjorative descriptor has been going on for a while. I have to say, and I mean this with the greatest of love, that we Dog Ladies actually have some catching up to do in this department. Exhibit A:
Straddling the razor’s edge between dog lady and cat lady like I do, I was super excited to see a new subscription box service that actually contained stuff I could use. Cat Lady Box, the brainchild of avowed cat lady and action-figure lookalike Dorian Wagner, is pretty darn awesome. Each month, Dorian hand-picks a bunch of unique, small-quantity produced items for cat ladies. Not for the cats, for the women who love them and also love style.
I was so flattered as a t-shirt wearing standard Dog Lady that I was able to review one that I could barely contain myself. And Brody is so used to packages arriving for him he immediately assumed this was all his.
Sensing something was off, he perched behind me to make sure I wasn’t tricking him and this was in fact a box full of dog toys. It wasn’t. A typical Cat Lady Box can contain various items such as jewelry, clothing, decor, and books.
If you have a cat who is as tenacious as my dog, there is an option with Cat Lady box to also get a few items for your cat included, like treats and toys. It’s called, you guess it, the CRAZY Cat Lady Box (wink wink) and it includes things like this adorable fortune cookie toy.
It was around this time that my review went off the rails. For you see, there is a cat lady in the house. Not me. My daughter. You see, I had been buying her clothing with pictures of puppies on it for years and she was always ambivalent and I couldn’t understand why, until she got older and was able to verbalize: KITTY!
She has a cat lunchbox and a cat messenger bag and dressed up as a cat for Halloween. As soon as she figured out what I was reviewing, she came downstairs from where she had been reading with Penelope and claimed this box for her own. I had no choice but to defer, because really, it’s PERFECT.
And she looks darn adorable in that shirt.
For more on Cat Lady Box and to sign up for your own, pop on over to CatLadyBox.com!
disclaimer: I received a Cat Lady Box for free to review, but every reiteration of its kick-assedness is my own genuine opinion.